Have you trained at maximum intensity every session for the last few months, ate perfectly and rested what you thought was enough but still felt weak, tired and unfit with high body fat levels? If this describes you then you are probably overtraining.
The bottom line in sports conditioning and fitness training is stress, not mental stress, but adaptive body stress. Athletes must put their bodies under a certain amount of stress to increase physical capabilities. Where the stress loads are appropriate then the athlete's performance will improve but if the stress loads are inappropriate then a state of over-training/burnout could come about for the athlete. Athletes and gym goers turn to bodybuilding supplements like amino acids, pre-workouts, whey protein and more to overcome the potential feeling of overtraining. Ultimately, you need to identify the main cause and see if you are really overtraining.
Signs of Overtraining
Symptoms indicating over exertion can be classified in the following way:
Movement coordination symptoms:
- Increased incidence of disturbances in movement (the re-appearance of faults that seemed to have been overcome such as cramp, inhibitions, insecurity),
- Disturbances in rhythm and flow of movement,
- Lack of ability to concentrate,
- Reduced power of differentiation and correction
- Diminished powers of endurance, strength, speed. Increase in recovery time, loss of 'sparkle' (competitive qualities),
- Reduced readiness for action, fear of competition, giving-up in face of difficult situations - especially at the finish,
- Confusion in competition, departure from usual tactics,
- Susceptibility to demoralising influences before and during competition,
- Increasing tendency to abandon the struggle